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The Lessons of 2021: Creating a More Perfect Union Together

June 8, 2021

When I was looking for my first teaching job over 20 years ago, administrators repeatedly told me that as a history teacher I wouldn’t get hired unless I also coached or taught English or science. They said, “We don’t test history,” and “Anyone can teach history, so we have coaches do it,” and “No one […]

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Foundation Voices

May/June Foundation Update

May 27, 2021

  NEW Grants for Educators – Available NOW! With the COVID-19 pandemic underscoring the need to reimagine education, the NEA Foundation is excited to help educators meet the needs of the whole child through its new Envision Equity Grants. These grants enable educators to test creative ideas and innovations, demonstrating exemplary teaching and learning. The […]

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For the Media

Building a Community Schools Future in Arkansas

May 27, 2021

This spring, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed into law Act 744 of 2021—the Community Schools Act, providing a road map for Arkansas schools wishing to pursue community school strategies, which include integrated student supports, expanded learning time, active family and community engagement, and collaborative leadership practices. By leveraging these resources, schools will be better positioned […]

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Foundation Voices

Closing the Opportunity Gap: Supporting Community Schools in the South

May 13, 2021

A just nation is one in which every child has access to and can benefit from a high-quality public education, regardless of income, race, ethnicity, national origin, disability, immigration status, or the ability to speak English. Yet, too many children across this country, especially those from marginalized and disinvested neighborhoods, lack access to the resources […]

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